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controls

noun
plural of control

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1 a mechanism for adjusting the operation of a device, machine, or system
  • the controls for the player are well marked

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2 the ability to direct the course of something
  • after the tail fell off, the plane went out of the pilot's control
  • firefighters keeping control of the blaze

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3 the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something
  • control of manufacturing operations was given to a new manager with fresh ideas

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4 the right or means to command or control others
  • teachers are responsible for the students under their control

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controls

verb
present tense third-person singular of control

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1 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • you must learn to control your temper

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2 to gain emotional or mental control of
  • he controlled himself only with the greatest difficulty in the face of his opponent's insulting remarks

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3 to exercise authority or power over
  • circumstances often control the choices we make in life

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4 to look after and make decisions about
  • during the period that she controlled the company it was highly profitable

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“Controls.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/controls. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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